‘No Palliative Care Because He Was Classified As An Adult At 16’


Tyler Murphy who died, aged 16, on August 29

Tyler Murphy, from Clonroche, Co Wexford, was 15 when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in November 2018.

He died on Thursday, August 29, at the age of 16, at the home of his grandparents with whom he lived for the final eight years of his life.

He had the developmental age of a 10-year-old boy when he died.

Tyler’s family have told journalist Saoirse McGarrigle, of the Irish Mirror, that Tyler was refused palliative care in the days before he died despite medical records, seen by the newspaper, confirming the need for palliative care and “family support at end of life care” for Tyler.

Tyler’s great-aunt Frances Redmond told the Irish Mirror:

“We got him home that Tuesday [August 27].

“The family had to travel to Wexford Hospital to get his fill of oxygen because we had no palliative care in place.

“Tyler’s veins collapsed the Wednesday morning, so he wasn’t getting his morphine because there was nobody there to fix it.

“He was getting seizures and he was haemorrhaging, passing a lot of blood.

“Nurses came in and hooked up a morphine pump in the morning and that was it.

“I was told if Tyler is still alive on Saturday, somebody will come here Saturday morning and administer the morphine and no one will be back until the Monday morning.

“It would be a double dose set up on the Saturday morning, but that would have to last until Monday.”

“… Mag [Tyler’s grandmother] was at first informed palliative care was in place and nurses would be available at her disposal when she needed them.

“But then we were informed there was no palliative care, because he was classified as an adult at the age of 16, but with his body weight he would still be seen by paeds.”

Heartbroken Wexford family slam HSE for not providing palliative care to terminally ill son (Saoirse McGarrigle, The Irish Mirror)

14 thoughts on “‘No Palliative Care Because He Was Classified As An Adult At 16’

    1. Spud

      I’m nearly getting used to trying to avoid these stories.
      I guess I’m part of the problem? These and more should be enough for us to demand change from our politicians?
      It’s so clearly broken.

  1. Daisy Chainsaw

    Other than having sex, where else is 16 classed as an adult? Heartbreaking for that poor boy and his family.

  2. Troy

    Sums up this country
    Not even a dog should be treated to this end
    Faceless individuals involved that need their faces spread alll over the media

  3. Ian-O

    The HSE is so utterly unfit for purpose its almost veering into the criminal it seems.

    Who could allow a fupping child to pass without the appropriate care?

    I rarely get furious reading these types of stories but I am close to spitting angry looking at that wee chaps photo. Who the fupp could take issue with providing care to a BOY dying of a horrific disease?

    RIP young lad, sorry this country is run by selfish and callous idiots.

  4. J Dizzle

    God love him. Treated terribly in his hour of need. You’d have to wonder how we can accept the HSE and how it treats us a citizens.

  5. Jackdaw

    Beyond callous and cruel. Sleep well young lad. Nobody deserves to die this way. Heads should roll… but of course they won’t.

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